Why does Hate Even Have a Right?

Monday, 07 January 2013 22:00 GFP Columnist - Haresh Daswani
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The right to hate and choose to pass laws promoting hate does exist, and you will find it surprising that it exists in almost all countries as well.

The question is, how do we define hate to which we say it is imposing our laws? Simply put, the moment we discriminate, and put laws on discrimination, then we are promoting hate. If we endorse specific faiths and limit the rights of the others indirectly, we are promoting hate. The moment we impose our belief to the other side that has nothing to do with us, we are, in fact, imposing hate.

To further this fact, when a country bans same sex marriage, they are actually promoting discrimination, by omitting the right of a couple to be in legal communion. One has to redefine and ask themselves, if the couple are happy together, and are not causing harm to the community, why should we stop them from being together?


Many people would put that what they have is unnatural, but that is not ours to decide, neither is it ours to impose our beliefs on them. The rights a human being has, should be respected and upheld. Legal laws should be distinguished from religion, and should be separated.

Religious endorsement too, need not necessarily mean that a church or group is strongly promoted. Instead, if they have a STRONG voice in the law, and they always bring their weight along when decisions are done, to which politics succumbs to, then a great injustice has been done, and hate exists. Everyone is free to believe what they wish, but the moment another faith puts their weight in the government, those who disagree with the faith are forced to abide, not because of logic, but because of the fact that religion blackmails the government into abiding to their whims.

In the Philippines, it is well noticed and noted by many individuals that many impositions by the religious groups are counter productive to the country and its development and even to the rights of individuals. It is unfortunate that people are given no opportunity to intellectually grow and see this point for themselves. Just like in many countries, the collective masses are imposed upon on what they should believe, to which they do, for they do not know any better.

It even gets worse. The idea of men deciding for women's rights is also a large form of hate. No man has a right to limit a woman's freedom, just as much as no one has a right to impose limitations to the freedom of others. When the government makes it inaccessible for women to have proper facilities for reproductive health, they are, in fact, deciding that women do not have a right to decide on child bearing or be informed accordingly.

The moment knowledge of any form is being kept away from the public, hate is being imposed, for the ultimate right of any human is to know and to decide through better knowledge.

It is through lack of knowledge that hate exists, and this hate causes more harm than good, causes devolution, and damage in society.

For hate not to be imposed, one has to give respect to rights, and not be imposed by limiting points of religion, race, or gender. No man or woman should be in control of others and their rights, for a government or institution is nothing more than a guide, a mediator, and a planner for making nations better places.

Once hate ends, development begins.

Image: Members of the Westboro Baptist Church hold anti-gay signs at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia (Photo by Reuters/Kevin Lamarque).


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